The Madras High Court, while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO, sought for details from government about the vaccination drive being organized for the homeless mentally ill people and also directed the State government to renovate, restore and construct government care camps for such wandering mentally ill persons.

The NGO, through the PIL, sought for directions to State Government for the purpose of identifying and vaccinating homeless mentally ill persons.

In response to the PIL, the State Government had submitted a status report wherein it mentioned the number of mentally ill persons who had been rescued, identified and rehabilitated at care homes of the government. The government further emphasized on the possibility of such persons being vaccinated.

The NGO gave the example of a government care camp which had been constructed at Melpakkam, in accordance to the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Beggary Prevention Act XIII of 1945, with an objective to eliminate beggary and rehabilitate the beggars.

However, the NGO submitted that the care home has now been dilapidated. With respect to this finding, the bench directed the State Government to take every possible step to renovate and restore the already constructed homes and invest in new construction projects to rehabilitate the wandering mentally ill persons.

The bench further directed the State government to submit a report with respect to total number of mentally persons who’ve not been cared for in the state and ones who’ve been vaccinated.

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